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What a year we have had at Forest School, there has been rain, sun and snow and we have been out in all of it. All year groups have enjoyed challenging themselves and showed their abilities to adapted to new and unusual situations. Most groups have had the opportunity to develop whittling skills, use the flint and steel and roast marshmallows on a roaring fire. Additionally, they  have  thrown themselves in to activities including sawing, exploring their understanding of the human skeleton, learning about bugs, building castles and so much more. Mrs Varley and I are very much looking forward to building on the success of this year and exploring, learning and developing skills for our great out doors.   

 

Mrs Burrows, Forest School Leader 

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What is Forest School?

 

Forest Schools is about children and young people building self esteem and independence through exploring and experiencing the natural world.

 

Each Forest Schools programme is tailored to meet the needs of the individuals within the group and is continuously developed as pupils grow in confidence, skills and understanding.

 

The ethos of Forest Schools allows pupils the time and space to develop skills, interests and understanding through practical, hands-on experiences.

 

Sample range of activities

 

•Mud mixing, digging and painting

•Shelter building

•Using tools

•Tying knots

•Whittling wood

•Fire rules and fire lighting

•Cooking on fire

•Bug identification

•Leaf matching

•Natural art

 

What are the benefits?

 

•Giving pupils the chance to learn outside the classroom.

•Safe risk taking opportunities for pupils.

•Allows pupils to learn and explore in a safe and natural environment.

•Pupils look forward to Forest Schools sessions and actively engage in their chosen activities.

•Pupils grow in confidence and independence is encouraged.

•Self esteem is raised through child led ethos.

•Calm, purposeful atmosphere with clear start and finish routines in each (approximately) 2 hr session.

Forest school clothing list

 

This clothing list applies to all people attending forest school, leaders, helpers and children.

 

Summer:

  • Long sleeve top
  • Long trousers (covering the whole leg)
  • Sturdy footwear e.g. wellington boots/boots
  • Waterproof coat/jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Spare socks
  • Named water bottle
  • Sun cream (high factor, waterproof)

 

Winter:

  • Long trousers
  • Long sleeve top, jumpers and/or fleece (lots of layers will be required)
  • Hat and gloves
  • Warm waterproof coat
  • Waterproof
  • Sturdy footwear e.g. wellington boots/boots
  • Labelled water bottle
  • Spare socks
  • Spare plastic bag for wet and dirty clothing

 

We will be out in all weathers, so please dress appropriately with many layers. A full change of clothes is required all year round.

 

Children will NOT be able to take part if they are not dressed as requested.

 

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